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Experience real peace of mind in just 2 steps

Posted by Thrivelearning on March 4, 2010

From my experience, it’s really all too simple to get peace of mind whenever you want it. But you do have to really want it. And use Lester Levenson’s Sedona Methode (release techniques). You’ll then get exactly what you want.

Of course, this also means that you can have all the Happiness and Freedom you ever desired. Because they are really all the same thing.

Yes, it’s quite simple to do this. It’s easier done than said, but there’s only a two-step releasing process to apply. You may get more of a Zen-related result from this – since you can quickly get to the opint where all those former concerns just don’t matter anymore.

Simply: 1. Welcome whatever it is that’s bothering you – accept it for being what it is. 2. Consider the idea of letting it go.

With the various noises that sound off all the time around us, it’s good to keep this in mind.

And any Master would simply say you are talking the obvious, so why talk at all?

Because it is really that obvious.

You can find this for your self, as I did, in Lester Levenson’s early material. Not that Hale Dwoskin or Larry Crane don’t have this straight in their versions – it’s just that I love to dive right into the deep end before my regular swimming is very good…

And Lester had to spend many years studying all that he could in various ancient philosophical and religious texts just to sort out what he’d achieved in 3 months. So Lester quotes and refers to swami’s and prophets with complete equanimity.

While you are releasing all these non-survival thoughts to just be yourself, meanwhile you can also learn how to get the prosperity, success, and great relationships you could ever also want. The trick is to get beyond the “get rich quick” mental habit (which the release techhiques definitely help with) and concentrate on the peace of mind which no amount of money can buy.

Or, look at it this way: there are a great deal of people out there who want to help you – if you will only let them.

My experience is one thing, yours is another. Take this for checking – but try out on your self for 30 days and see what results you get.

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Addiction, Poverty, Success – All the same thing? A Brain Theory…

Posted by Thrivelearning on March 3, 2009

(photo credit: lorelei-ranveig)

Maybe your success, your failure, and your mediocrity
are all the same brain chemical…

Now I don’t really believe the brain boys who think that everything is just a machine and that you can cut out parts of the brain or feed it different chemicals and change a person’s behavior.

But, in addiction, a person can get the body to physically need a substance in order to avoid painful physiological withdrawal…

So let’s try this idea out just to examine a theory:

Suppose (just suppose) there were two chemicals in the brain that monitored behavior – one for success, one for failure.

Both were very potent chemicals and would result in addiction-like symptoms if over-indulged for too long a period. This would explain over-achievers and complete failures, wouldn’t it? Both are either addicted to success or addicted to failure.

And the bulk of humanity simply avoids either one and continue muddling along – and, according to them, live the sanest life of all.

This would make government by the majority very popular, since it helps people avoid both extremes – and so their lives would be the happiest if they just do what the government says.

(Three biggest lies: “Your check is in the mail.” “That’s a really nice tie.” “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you.”)

This idea we are running down says that people who succeed are addicted to success and so must be helped to curb their addiction so that they can live in relative ease like the rest of us. And those who are addicted to failure must also be helped, so that they can live in a better state.

Unfortunately, this is far from true. Even though our modern tax structure is built on using taxes to redistribute wealth as a means of curbing excessive addiction. While it does make the really uber-rich move out of that country, it doesn’t similarly work for the poor. You can’t keep handing out money to the poor and expect anything except more poverty.

Getting rich, being successful – that has the same mental process as living your life in continuing poverty. Poor and Rich aren’t addicted, but they use the same thought process to get there.

What is that?

Decision – or, more practically, a lot of them.

The rich, successful person decides to get rich and successful and continues to make decisions which create that wealth and achievement.

The poor person has made a long series of decisions which keeps them in the poorhouse – or on government dole – all their lives.

Both live just as long (because now the poor can get all the free government health care they want, just like the rich).

And the government wants to keep everyone in the middle where they are happiest and continue to vote for people like themselves (and so politicians who get rich never dress up – although they make far more than the “average person” they protect). And the government runs the school systems and so trains everyone into believing that this system is right.

Education is just a series of decisions, isn’t it?

Now, of course this whole theory is bunk, isn’t it? The government doesn’t really control everything, does it? (Tin-foil hat conspiracy theories aside…) If they did, we’d all be back in some sort of Mao’s China, or Stalin’s USSR, wouldn’t we? All dressed the same with smiles on our faces.

It doesn’t work because you can see people in America who were born to poor backgrounds who became rich, famous, and successful. And you see people who inherited wealth blow it all and wind up bankrupt (like most lottery winners wind up worse off financially).

So what is keeping a person up, down, or in the middle is only that person’s capability to decide for themselves and make the changes they want to. No amount of government intervention prevents a person from becoming (and staying) rich, or a person from becoming (and staying) poor.

And this is true regardless of where a person is born on this planet. Sure, in some of the worst countries, it’s difficult to get past childhood. And most of us will send any spare disposable income that way if it will do any good. (Sometimes governments will actually keep that aid from arriving, because they’ve decided to make themselves rich first – big porkers muscle to the front at the trough, after all…)

It’s just what we, as individuals, decide what we want to do with our lives.

So, go ahead – get addicted anyway you want. Or just stay happy in the middle. Anyway you go, you’ll be successful. Like Henry Ford said: “If you think you can, or if you think you can’t, either way – you’re right.”

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Now, if you’re happy with that – stop here and read no further. What follows is a lecture on how government could run more efficiently (and get out of our lives, but still pave our roads and defend our borders – just more cheaply.)

A note on taxes. (Since I brought the subject up.)

You got to hand it to our country. For generations, our poor have had the highest standard of living on this planet. In fact, if you took the income we consider poverty right now and tried to live on it in some foreign countries, you’d find yourself living in relative luxury there – a prince (or princess) among the throngs.

But I object to raised taxes and here’s why:

Taxes are a necessary evil. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to pave our roads or protect our country’s borders. But that’s about the limit I consider they are needed. You can’t tax or subsidize social programs successfully. Welfare doesn’t work. Pay people to work and they keep working. Pay people to stay poor and they do. Pay single mothers with lots of children and, yes, you get more single mothers with lots of children.

However, if you stay out of people’s way, they generally figure out how to make a good living and get along with each other. Ask Russia – it invaded Georgia and overnight lost billions of investments. And within a month, it was one of the first countries to start their recession this time around.

For a brief time, we got to see a fascinating situation occur – when they dropped taxes, revenue increased. Which means that there is a sweet spot for taxes. If you hit the right level, you have all sorts of money to spend.

But the reverse isn’t true. Ask California. If you raise taxes, because the programs you are running need more money – what happens? The rich move to another state. And you face the worst budget nightmares possible. Because you’ve been handing out all this money for social programs and now have to tell people you can’t do it anymore.

The trick is to get the right balance of taxes to make it easiest for people to pay – and then drop your budget needs to only what you need to spend it on.

Of course, this means that you have faith in the individual to succeed and make all the money they want. And you have to really want people to bootstrap themselves out of any situation they are facing in their lives.

And it means you distrust the idea that people who run government know better than the person on the ground who pay for them.

I live in a fairly interesting state. Born and raised here (other than about 20 years in California.) They consistently vote down taxes. And guess where people come when they want to invest – you guessed it. And people retire here because the taxes are lower. So the place tends to vote more conservative than not.

The state is also neither too hot or too cold during the year, so it’s great for a lot of things. But it’s our little secret – so shhhh – just bring your money and retire here and start your second business, we won’t tell anyone about our little secret paradise here in Flyover Country.

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Ok, I’ve prattled on long enough.

What’s the takeaway?

  1. Decide whatever you want to, plan out what you want to achieve, and then do it.
  2. Pay your taxes – but vote for sensible people who will lower them (and spend less).
  3. Live a great life – by choice.

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The dramas we go through can be one-act plays, not lifetime soap operas

Posted by Thrivelearning on February 9, 2009

(photocredit: Gabriel Pevide)
Taking the melodrama out of your life
and replacing it with honest, livable emotions.

Probably the biggest situation people can get into in their lives is to think that their emotions are beyond their control – or thinking that they have to control their emotions all the time (same presumption).

Wild swings in emotions, as well as chronic/fixed emotions are both signs that a person’s emotions run their lives. Practically, one should be able to experience any emotion, both appropriate to the circumstance, or when someone else’s story prompts them to surface.

Emotions are necessary to actually living. They are the spice of life, and what makes things worth living for. But emotions don’t run a person’s life – they shouldn’t leave you feeling like a rag doll clenched and tossed in the jaws of of an excited, teething puppy. They are instead the high points, the full flavor of the right wine accompanying a truly gourmet dinner at a friend’s house who also happens to be a consummate chef. (There is no pause or let down as their is no “check” to pay.)

Any emotion is able to be experienced as itself, and not something that has to be “triggered” or “caused”. One can decide to experience an appropriate emotion – at any level or volume. Or pass the opportunity by.

It’s said that liberals “think” with their emotions and conservatives “think” analytically. So there is supposedly the “feel good” motive to everything versus the “cold, calculated capitalist” approach.

Neither extreme is accurate. I’ve said before that people think with stories. But these stories have to have an emotional content. It’s what makes a truly great movie – because people can “lose” themselves in the character and plot of a truly great film.

And is why box office records (or nowadays, downloads) are really the greatest indicator of quality – not any amount of prizes awarded by committees. In our long-tail world, this is how many of your like-minded friends view that movie and ask you to go see it.

To really evaluate your life, you have to appreciate the emotive content of it. There is no life or way of living which is more right than any other. None. Your own life is the most important one you will ever know. (Duh.) But you can experience others lives vicariously and so evaluate your own quality of living. That is why our modern movie industry continues to thrive – and does best in the worst times – because people are wanting to improve their own living by seeing through the eyes of another character, to see if they agree with the choice of actions that person makes.

And that explains why professional salesmen will listen and buy from anyone with a great sales pitch. Even if they don’t need the product – because it helped them with their own life, just for that instant. They think their lives in terms of sales stories – because the time-honored best sales pitches have always been stories (see Robert Colliers’ Letter Book for examples.)

These stories are good because they motivate by not “playing on” but instead inviting the emotions of the viewer.

One of the key points which came up in “Go Thunk Yourself!” research was that a person needed to take control over their emotional lives and learn that their attitudes were self-created. This doesn’t mean one starts keeping them under rigid control – but instead means that any individual could and should learn to study one’s own life’s emotive content to experience all the richness that is possible.

A point in example is that captain of the “Miracle on the Hudson” flight. He had something like maybe half a minute to live out the drama from the point his windshield was covered with birds and both engines failed shortly after take off – to the point just seconds later where he was helping all his passengers get out of near-freezing water onto nearby ferries. When asked if he experienced any relief when the plane landed in the water, safely – he replied, no, that he knew another job waited – to get the passengers off that plane. And while the plane soon filled to chest deep water, he made two trips from one end to the other to make sure everyone was off.

But the tale of that flight has substantial emotive content. And of course the flight crew and passengers made trips to the various broadcast networks who played their story to riveted listeners. Because this is a story few of us will ever experience.

And we can all now, due to the wonders of our modern media, experience the wide range of emotions every person on that near-death flight experienced, as well as the practiced calm of those pilots and their cabin crew – all trained to keep their own emotions in check in order to deal with that exact type of situation. That training succeeded in all cases. As well, the passengers had to keep their own heads and take the right actions to ensure their own and their fellow passengers’ safety. And only in telling these tales after do the other emotions come out – of appreciation, of joy, and so on.

It could be said that the truly insane among us are there by choice. They’ve decided to a greater or lesser degree to not control their emotions or to over-control them – both because of the computation that emotions are not controllable. But from William James back to ancient Greek philosophers, it’s been noted (and verified by modern studies) that any attitude can be created or regulated at will.

And so this now frees us to live the life we’ve always wanted, to evolve and reach that higher state of personal beingness – to live any life at any volume we want. Because, as one modern philosopher pointed out: thoughts create actions, actions create habits, habits create character, character create your life. If you allow yourself to be too feeling or too analytical, your actions, habit, character, and life will be shifted to that degree away from the balanced, rich tapestry of life.

To that degree, you won’t experience the fullness this world has to offer. Because your life will be either have too much or too little emotive content. And your senses will be dulled to that degree – overly “tight” in one extreme or the other. Having full control over your own life – in every aspect – means that you are causatively choosing the thoughts you want to think. All thoughts have emotive content, this is their power to manifest in the actual around us.

Your life, as it turns out, is completely designed from that chorus of thoughts. But you are the choir master and the conductor to the accompanying orchestra. And as well, you are the stage designer.

The self-chosen opera (not recorded melodrama) of your life is the one you’ve chosen and the one you live out by your decided thoughts and actions.

So – decide what you want to live, and then live it well, live it fully.

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